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12 Ways to bring STEM to Your Classroom
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From Getting Smart, here are 12 ways to start teaching STEM

Want more STEM experiences for your students but don’t know where to start? Want to infuse art into science and boost STEAM experiences?
Before exploring how to do STEM, let’s define what it is. Everybody teaches science and math—STEM adds technology and engineering to the equation; STEAM adds art. Common elements of quality STEM learning include:
• Design-focus: using design tools and techniques to attack big problems or opportunity (challenge-based, problem-based learning).
• Active application: applying knowledge and skills to real-world situations and constructing or prototyping solutions to challenges (maker, project-based learning).
• Integration: real world problems aren’t limited to a discipline—solutions almost always draw from many fields.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Greg Young
Date Added:
10/11/2018
3D Printed STEM Racers : 7 Steps (with Pictures)
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Create 3D printed components for a vegetable/fruit STEM racer!

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"These 3D printed STEM race cars are the perfect project based learning tool to help teachers get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, math, and nutrition to boot! The racers I show you how to make in this instructable will provide an opportunity to turn almost anything (no kittens or other live things please) into a race car – allowing different sized and weighted objects to illustrate mechanical physics concepts like mass, friction, force, speed, distance, and gravity!"

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Paige Russell
Date Added:
01/31/2020
ACESSE Resource A - Introduction to Formative Assessment to Support Equitable 3D Instruction
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In this professional development session, we will develop a shared understanding of how formative assessment works and different approaches that have been developed. The material for this resource come from a series of PD sessions on formative assessment developed by the ACESSE team: Philip Bell, Shelley Stromholt, Bill Penuel, Katie Van Horne, Tiffany Neill, and Sam Shaw.We will be updating this Facilitator's Guide for ACESSE Resource A with the most up-to-date information about this resource over time. If you encounter problems with this resource, you can contact us at: STEMteachingtools@uw.edu

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Sarah Evans
Philip Bell
Shelley Stromholt
WILLIAM PENUEL
Sam Shaw
Tiffany Neill
Katie Van Horne
Date Added:
12/16/2016
Across the MOAT (Mountains, Obstacles, Aerial, Terrain)
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How can you use the Engineering Design Process to access a geographically inaccessible location to deliver supplies?

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Architecture and Design
Engineering
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Activity/Lab
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Lesson
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Author:
Joshua Beals
David Fordoski
Douglas Kase
Megan Altebrando
Carol Heath
Date Added:
02/28/2019
Advanced Problems in Mathematics: Preparing for University
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This book is intended to help students prepare for entrance examinations in mathematics and scientific subjects, including STEP (Sixth Term Examination Papers). STEP examinations are used by Cambridge colleges as the basis for conditional offers in mathematics and sometimes in other mathematics-related subjects. They are also used by Warwick University, and many other mathematics departments recommend that their applicants practice on past papers to become accustomed to university-style mathematics.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Open Book Publishers
Author:
Stephen Siklos
Date Added:
11/19/2018
Agriculture in a Bottle
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In this seventh grade science Atmosphere and Weather Unit, students will explore the atmosphere, air and water quality, the water cycle, the greenhouse effect, global warming, climate change, and human-environment interaction through a number of experiments, interactive webquests and projects. They will be exposed to the STEM practices behind growing and agriculture in a hands-on, experiential and experimental life science growing project. They will create terrariums in two-liter soda bottles and will focus on the importance of understanding meteorology and the cycling of water and gasses in and out of the Earth and atmosphere in order to effectively plan, grow and harvest.

Subject:
Agriculture
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
North Carolina State University
Provider Set:
Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development
Author:
Illana Livstrom
Date Added:
03/03/2016
Air: Design a Parachute for a Lego Person
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This STEM challenge can be used during an air unit. Students work together in groups to create a parachute for a lego person. Students are able to find ways to best maximize air resistance. The students need to find the best way to increase the time that the lego person stays in the air when dropped from the second floor to the first floor.

Subject:
Engineering
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Jessica Redcay
Date Added:
12/05/2018
An Analytical Chemist, a Biochemist, an Animal Scientist, and an Oncologist Walk into a Lab…...No Joke
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In this project, much of the learning responsibility is placed on the individual students within the project team, and also on the team acting as a cooperative unit.  Students will be provided with some basic background and will have some avenues to investigate and present as a team (polar vs. nonpolar compounds and surface area, hydrophilicity vs. hydrophobicity, the history of mass spectroscopy, the advantages and disadvantages of longitudinal studies, the specialization of scientific fields, and the importance of collaboration between experts in different scientific fields.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
North Carolina State University
Provider Set:
Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development
Author:
Brian Cartiff
Date Added:
03/03/2016
Anatomy of an Apple (PreK - 1st Grade) Agricultural STEM Activity
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In this place-based lesson, students will dissect an apple fruit to learn more about its different parts. Includes activity instructions, extension activities, songs and rhymes, anatomy of an apple student worksheet, and sink or float student worksheet.

NGSS: K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-1

Time: 30 minutes

Materials: "Apples Grow on Trees" or other book about apples, knife, cutting board, at least three apples, apple parts tray, and apple dissection worksheet.

Subject:
Agriculture
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/06/2020
The Anatomy of an Aquifer
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This design challenge moves your students from passive to active learners through a cross-curricular, hands-on team challenge in direct correlation to real-world issues of water conservation. Through this lesson,  students in grades 6-8 will create a model of an aquifer to understand the structure of aquifers, how aquifers impact our freshwater supply and groundwater in regards to the water cycle.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
04/16/2020
Apple Sensory Response (PreK - 1st Grade) Agricultural STEM Activity
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In this lesson, students will explore apples using their five senses. Includes activity instructions, extension activities, songs, and apple and five senses realted reading list.

NGSS: K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-1

Time: 30 minutes

Materials: "Apples Grow on Trees" or other book about apples.

Subject:
Agriculture
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/06/2020
Apples to Oregon (K - 4th Grade) Agricultural STEM Activity
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In this lesson, students are introduced to trees and the many things we commonly use that come from trees. Includes introductory movement activity, guided discussion, a matching game, and fun facts.

NGSS: Partially meets 1-LS1-1, 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-2

Common Core: W.2.7, W.2.8

Time: 30 minutes

Materials: "Apples to Oregon" book and three paper lunch bags labled: wood, food, cellulose.

Subject:
Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/07/2020
Aquaponics 101
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In this curricular guide, middle school students learn about an alternative farming technique that addresses water use in agricultural farming, the environmental impacts of fish farms, and urban development and population growth. This guide promotes 21st-century skills by engaging students in the history of aquaponics through various texts; improving their communication skills by explaining how an aquaponics system works; and engineering your own classroom aquaponics unit through an interactive design challenge!

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
04/07/2020
Area of Irregular Shapes
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Overview: Math in Real Life (MiRL) supports the expansion of regional networks to create an environment of innovation in math teaching and learning.  The focus on applied mathematics supports the natural interconnectedness of math to other disciplines while infusing relevance for students.  MiRL supports a limited number of networked math learning communities that focus on developing and testing applied problems in mathematics.  The networks help math teachers refine innovative teaching strategies with the guidance of regional partners and the Oregon Department of Education.

Subject:
Mathematics
Geometry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Mark Freed
Date Added:
08/24/2020
Assembly Required and the Design Process Too!
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As teachers it is important to interject real-world applications with science and math whenever possible.  Students often do not connect the principles to the career opportunities.  In our society, advanced manufacturing is creating many exciting careers that incorporate these scientific principles and provide excellent salaries.  This project will require students to determine and design methods that will move a selected product in a designed assembly process.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
North Carolina State University
Provider Set:
Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development
Author:
Henrietta Juston
Date Added:
03/03/2016
Bean Bar Graph (PreK - 1st Grade) Agricultural STEM Actvity
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In this activity, kids will work on two fundamental early math skills – sorting/classifying, and graphing. There will also be some great fine motor skill practice! Includes place-based discussion questions, activity instructions, extension activities, songs, and student graph worksheets.

NGSS: K-LS1-1, 1-LS1-1, partially meets K-ESS3-1 (book and discussion)

Common Core: MP.4

Time: 45 minutes

Matierals: bag of dried beans ("16 bean soup"), paper bowls, glue, chart paper, the book "One Bean" or similar book about growing food plants, especially beans.

Subject:
Agriculture
Early Childhood Development
Elementary Education
Mathematics
Measurement and Data
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/07/2020
Bees (2nd - 3rd Grade) Lesson & Pollination Simulation Activity
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In this lesson students will learn about the different types of bees, the bee life cycle, and the importance of bees for our local ecosystems. Includes some background information about bees and instructions for the pollination simulation activity.

Time: 45-50 minutes

Materials: "The Honeybee Man" or other book about bees and pollination, small bag of cheetos, pip cleaners, various colors of construction paper, pompoms (small and medium), small dixie cups for water, straws (15 per group), jewerly bags, and yarn

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Bio-Blocks - A Fish Habitat STEM Design Challenge
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Global populations have for decades migrated more and more to coastal regions. This colonization of the coast has resulted in large areas of what was formerly rocky shores, salt marshes, and mudflats becoming built environment for people. What’s more, as sea levels rise more, coastal defenses are being put in place to protect towns and cities from the oceans. These coastal defenses are also replacing natural habitats that play a vital role in the life cycle of fish, including spawning locations, nurseries, and sources of planktonic food. This, in turn, is affecting the fish stocks in the oceans.  During this lesson, students will gain a basic understanding of the idea that specific habitats are essential in the lifecycle of some species. Students will work through the engineering design process to build a ‘bio-block’ solution to make sea walls a more nature-friendly solution for flood protection.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
04/01/2020
Biology
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Biology is designed for multi-semester biology courses for science majors. It is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand. To meet the needs of today’s instructors and students, some content has been strategically condensed while maintaining the overall scope and coverage of traditional texts for this course. Instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom. Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and clicker questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
08/22/2012
Biology, Plant Structure and Function, Plant Form and Physiology, Stems
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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Describe the main function and basic structure of stemsCompare and contrast the roles of dermal tissue, vascular tissue, and ground tissueDistinguish between primary growth and secondary growth in stemsSummarize the origin of annual ringsList and describe examples of modified stems

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
07/10/2017
Biotechnology in North Carolina Today
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The economy in North Carolina began as a largely agrarian one. Many of our traditions today hearken back to that agricultural past, including the traditional school calendar. As time has passed, North Carolina gained many jobs from textile manufacturing. Farms consolidated and there were less small family farm operations and more, large scale industrial farms. Over the past few decades, textile and furniture manufacturing jobs have been lost by North Carolina – many of these jobs have gone overseas. The new jobs that have been coming in to replace these are biotechnology jobs. These jobs pay well, but require more training and expertise than traditional manufacturing jobs.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
North Carolina State University
Provider Set:
Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development
Author:
Cinnamon Frame
Date Added:
03/03/2016
Breakfast Relay (2nd - 3rd Grade) Agricultural STEM Activity
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This lesson pairs with the book "Pancakes, Pancakes!" by Eric Carle. First read this story and then run the breakfast relay outlined in this lesson.

NGSS: K-ESS3-3

CCSS: SL.K.3

Social Sciences: K.10, K.17, 1.12, 3.12, 5.11, 4.18

Time: 30 minutes

Materials: "Pancakes, Pancakes!" by Eric Carle, food cards and bags labeled: earth, farm, store, factory.

Subject:
Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/07/2020
Bridges to STEM Learning for Grades K-8
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This course provides knowledge and skills in supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) infusion throughout Out-of-School (OST) environments. Educators learn to support STEM skill development through active, engaging, and fun approaches to each topic, while aligning to the MA-CF and engaging best practices such as ULD and TC/PBL.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
UMass Boston
Provider Set:
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Elise Scott
Susan Vinovrski
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Building Bridges
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Students will learn about the different types of bridges and how they work.  The lesson also includes a maker component where the students build a bridge. 

Subject:
Applied Science
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Graphic Arts
Communication
Career and Technical Education
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Lynn Ann Wiscount
Vince Mariner
Erin Halovanic
Date Added:
07/14/2020
Building Teacher Questioning Skills Through Lesson Modeling
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In this module, middle and high school teachers explore a model inquiry-based STEM social justice lesson involving statistics and its implementation to understand the role of questioning techniques in delivering inquiry-based lessons, building depth of knowledge and understanding student thinking. In this module, teachers will:

-- Evaluate their own questioning skills

-- Report, monitor and reflect on their own questioning skills

-- Learn new questioning skills while gaining exposure to an inquiry-based, social justice STEM lesson

-- Understand the role of questioning skills in building student exposure to Depth of Knowledge levels 3/4 level thinking

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Lauren Provost
Date Added:
06/22/2017
Buoyancy & Boats (4th - 5th Grade) Five Lesson Unit
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This unit consists of five lessons covering buoyancy and engineering boats. Each lesson includes goals, anticipatory set, learner objectives, guided practice, procedure instructions, closing activities, and extensions. Student handouts and worksheets are also included.

Lesson 1: Intro to Buoyancy
Lesson 2: Engineer a Barge
Lesson 3: Intro to Sails & Motion
Lesson 4: Engineer a Sailboat
Lesson 5: Final Vessel

NGSS: 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3

Lesson 1 materials: empty 2-liter bottles with tops cut off, pennies or other coins, marble, modeling clay, crap wood, rocks, pingpong ball, golf ball, popsicle stick, paper clip, scale, other object for floating or sinking
Lesson 2 materials: for each student - 12" x 12" piece of aluminum foil, 4 popsicle sticks, 2 straws, 12" masking tape; teacher pre-setup - enough pennies for testing (500 pennies per group), pool filled 2/3 with water
Lesson 3 materials: string/yarn, 1/2 straw for each student, 2 different types of paper (tissue & white copy paper), tape, scissors, fan, wooden skewers, 2 popsicle sticks per student, rulers, protractors, stencils.
Lesson 4 materials: 8 popsicle sticks, 1 wooden skewer, 1 straw, masking tape or duct tape, tissue paper or copy paper
Lesson 5 materials: same as Lesson 2

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Busy Bees (2nd - 3rd Grade) Agricultural STEM Activity
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In this lesson, students will learn about bees and their connection to agriculture. Includes activity instructions, variations, and exentsion activities.

NGSS: 2-LS2-2

Common Core: RL.1.1, RI.7, SL2.5

Social Sciences: K.11

Time: 45 minutes

Subject:
Agriculture
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/07/2020
Butting Heads
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8th grade student will apply Newton’s Laws to design, test and evaluate materials to create the most protective helmet for an activity of their choice. Students will use force sensors and Vernier software to analyze the force reduction for their helmets. The culmination of this project is for students to write and present a sales pitch to promote their helmet to their peers at an annual "conference."

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Lane County STEM Hub
Provider Set:
Content in Context SuperLessons
Author:
Erik Wright
Johannah Withrow-Robinson
Zach Adler
Date Added:
06/27/2017
C2SL Peer Review and SuperLesson Publishing
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This module is designed for teachers participating in the Content in Context SuperLessons program. C2SL is a Math-Science Partnership grant awarded to the University of Oregon by the Oregon Department of Education for 2014-2017. 

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Dara Brennan
Ronda Fryer
Bryan Rebar
Date Added:
06/12/2017
CREATES
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CREATES is a set of 6 steps that help learners read and critically analyze scientific papers. The CREATES method, pioneered by Dr. Sally Hoskins, has a demonstrated positive impact on undergraduate students' self-confidence in scientific reading, as well as in their general perceptions of and beliefs about science and scientific thinking (Hoskins, et. al, 2017).

The new CREATES site, created in collaboration with Jordan Moberg Parker, UCLA's Director of Undergraduate Laboratory Curriculum and Assessment in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, uses interactive media, step-by-step directions, and detailed annotation of authentic examples to guide students through the process.

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Interactive
Author:
Doug Worsham
Dr. Jordan Moberg Parker
Kian Ravaei
Xinyi(Alex) Yan
Date Added:
07/20/2020
Carbon Cycle Game
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The carbon cycle game is a short digital game that helps you teach how carbon atoms move through various forms including soils, the ocean, plant and animal life and fossil fuels. Actions such as photosynthesis, plant and animal death and forest fires all convert carbon from one form into another. This is a card style game. It allows for single or multi players. Runs on a browser.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
University of Wisconsin
Provider Set:
The Yard Games
Date Added:
08/04/2016
Catapult Challenge
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This is a really fun and informative lesson that I do with my high school Programming/technology class to break up the monotony of beginner programming. However; this lesson can be used and applied in essentially any class and for many purposes, and to address many areas. One of the other really nice things about this lesson is that it can be extended to hit many points including physics, math, and advanced engineering.

Throughout the building period, I would present teams with a challenge (puzzle, build, etc…) and the first team to complete it would get a prize. It could be more modification time, extra materials, etc…)

The materials (including hot glue guns) can be purchased at Wal Mart or a similar store for around $20-25, if ordering through your district isn’t an option. With those purchases, it gives you a lot more materials than needed which can be used for additional similar projects.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Timothy Barnes
Date Added:
12/05/2018